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London protest shuts down property fair

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Issue 2426

Hundreds of protesters forced a property development fair in London to close down on Wednesday of last week.

The Mipim fair brings together giant building firms with local government and other public officials from around Britain to carve up public land for the private sector.

Around 50 council estates across London currently face demolition as plans for private sector “regeneration” are spearheaded by Tory mayor Boris Johnson. 

Other sites mooted for building luxury homes include hospitals and former Royal Mail premises.

Eileen Short from Defend Council Housing told Socialist Worker, “The protest was brilliant.

“It shows how housing is becoming one of the main issues for working class people in London, and a broad and radical movement is starting to develop around it. The fight is on.”

Hundreds of campaigners including tenants groups from across Europe also held a counter-Mipim conference, and discussed future actions around the issue of housing.

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